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The Plight of a Chinese Student

Written by Daniel Otero

Differences between Chinese and Foreign Students

Written by: Meng Yang

In collaboration with: Daniel Otero

When referring to foreign, I mean, people from Western countries…. These are societies which are more often than not English-speaking nations.

First, about the schedule, they [foreigners] often start school later than Chinese students.

Public schools in China start really early; for example, the best Middle School, Hengshui has already their methodology. For starters, the student will rise as early as 5:30 a.m. And then, they start their busy day/life. Afterward, there’s a literal ‘explosion’ of classes and information to learn till midnight. OMG!

While foreign schools often begin later. They might start between 8 and 9 in the morning. And, they will let the students go home as early as possible. I am talking no later than 3 p.m., etc.

But in China, students who are already in Middle School or High School only reach their homes as late as 11 or 11:30 p.m. Causing already the rush of exhaustion, mental anguish and depression–which becomes fluid among young teenagers at an early stage.

Why does it have to be this way? I’m angry, sad and tired! Why, why, why, why?

For holidays, foreign/international schools don’t like to leave any homework for the holidays.

But in China, your just changing the place for doing homework. Gee wiz, talk about ‘trading one master for another!’ This really sucks! I really wish China could stop homework during the holidays. As much as I love my country, it is certainly very frustrating! Therefore, if the educational system could only decrease the quantity of it, I’d definitely be thankful.

A good portion of the student population, especially those who face exams like: ‘Zhongkao’ or ‘Gaokao’ will contemplate or choose suicide. Too much pressure!

Why is this the way?

When this generation could change and make it better. Wouldn’t it benefit us kids in the future with our mental state?

Please think about it, your truly, a student.

About the author

Daniel Otero

A New Yorker who has been living in China for the past 10 years. He's a freelance writer/journalist and ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher.

A former member of the military with extensive travel to 50 countries and has lived in six.

Lover of life, good food, travel, writing and dealing with social issues.